Renu's Week

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Report of 19 June '08

Hello from this wonderful library -

Salve for the soul, this place. And free. The other (not free, but inexpensive) place I have discovered is the YMCA. Great workout equipment, fun exercise classes - quel treat.

Work has been very good. Busy, which is also good. Any day that I can work and see some patients is a fine one. I live for days off, too, which are great - esp here, where I can see movies ad infinitum and eat salad. Speaking of which, last weekend, I saw "The Happening," and "The Hulk." I am a fan of M. Night Shyamalan, but he has been ripping us off, of late, with some vague endings to his movies; it was no different with "The Happening." One of his first movies, "Praying with Anger," was made in India and featured him being an Indian settled in America, back in India to study in college; it was very well-done and depicted quite accurately the adjustment processes of the NRI (Non-Resident Indian). "The Hulk" was excellent; young Mr. Norton is quite an actor. I remember seeing him in "Primal Fear," and thinking "Who is this guy?" He was that good.

Yesterday, we had a patient who came in with recurrent ear infections. He does not have any health insurance, and desperately needs to be seen by an ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) specialist, but due to his finances and lack of health insurance, no specialist in Kokomo can see him. I like having knowledge of resources, so told him about St. Vincent's residency clinic in Indianapolis (where the residents see indigent and non-indigent patients, and is about an hour from Kokomo), and the access to specialists that patients and residents have through it. I described the process in some detail, and was really delighted to have some resources for this man. At the end of the soliloquy, the patient said, "Well, travelling to Indianapolis is a problem, because I have phobias about getting into the car." He had come by car to our clinic in Kokomo. Once Scott got his friend, Craig, a coffee mug that said, "Pardon me, but you've mistaken me for someone who gives a s**t." I said to this man that he must then choose between his phobias and his ears, and shortly thereafter ended the visit.

There is a tendency for some patients to expect someone else, including the government, to solve their problems. This is considerably self-defeating.

Go, Celtics! They are Scott's favorite team, next to the Spurs now, and I am glad they won. I would have preferred a bit more of a contest in the last game, but the Celtics' hefty lead, sustained throughout, was good to prevent ulcers. I watched a bit of the French Open men's final, and Rafa's drubbing of Federer was also a bit one-sided. Rafa comes to India annually for the Chennai Open, and is a good guy, thus I am a fan of his, so his victory was also good in the ulcer-prevention department.

Kris Rea has been keeping me plied with movies that were nominated for or won Oscars in the last few years, and that has been a wonderful treat. Such kindnesses are so humbling for me.

I'd better wind up. Hope all of you are well.

Unw -



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